Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Ryan Jesperson - composer, arranger, pianist, and educator
Ryan Jesperson.com has been completely redesigned! With the rise of phones and tablets I felt that this site needed to keep up. And why not go all out if I'm going to do some redesigning? Check it out, let me know if you find any bugs, typos, or other mistakes...and I'll keep working on it to make it even better.
A slight site redesign and some good news! Kathleen Winters (who is commissioning me for a new work) received a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission to help fund our project! The new work for flute, viola, and harp will be premiered next fall in Illinois.
The Asylum Quartet was recently featured on WNPR's "Where We Live". I am currently working on a commission for them as well that will be premiered this summer. As a special treat, I arranged the "Where We Live" theme song for them. The producers have now asked them to record it in the studio so they can use it occasionally on the air.
My daughter just turned 8 months old and is currently sleeping on my chest, so updating a website takes a little longer than it used to... There are many new concerts to announce and works on the way. Keep an eye on the site and I'll be putting up new recordings and videos soon.
Also, please welcome Amelie Margaret Jesperson! She was born July 13th, 2013.
A couple new works have been added to the site, and a new video of fragments and memories performed by Jordan Jacobson and HICO. Now it's time to head toward hibernation. I'll be away until after my daughter is born, but hopefully will have new stuff to post in the late summer. See you on the other side.
New recordings are up! Icarus, fragments and memories (Jordan Jacobson and HICO), and selections from Getz Going (Sheri Brown and the West End String Quartet) can be found in the classical recordings section HERE. More recordings are coming, and lots of performances this summer. Stay tuned.
Good News! My work, Hebdomas Squatinae, won the Verismo Trio Competition. It will be performed in Wyoming and elsewhere starting this summer. This version is for flute, alto sax, and piano.
Also, Icarus, my work for alto sax and piano, will be premiered in West Hartford this weekend. It will be part of a CCCC concert (Central CT. Composers Circle). It will also be performed in late May on a CCI concert (CT. Composers Inc.).
Jordan Jacobson and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will premiere fragments and memories in Hartford on April 20th and 22nd. Find out more and purchase tickets at http://www.hicorchestra.com/.
This coming week the Ouroboros Sax Quartet will be performing my work Not Death, but Love at the Misha-maya-gat performance series in Manchester, CT. Check out the poster HERE! And the Feb. 10th performance of Getz Going has been cancelled because of the snowstorm. Once it's rescheduled, I'll post it here.
Videos throughout the website:
Songs of Shelley